Robert Gehl reports that Donald Trump might be on step closer to building that wall after all.
It turns out a Mexican cement maker is ready, willing, and able to lend its services to the President-Elect to build the wall he promised on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.
“We can’t be choosy,” Enrique Escalante, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) said in an interview with Reuters. “We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.”
Trump promised to build a “big, beautiful wall” across the 2,000-mile border to stop illegals, some of whom he said were drug dealers and criminals.
The comments were widely reviled in Mexico. Former Mexican President Vincente Fox famously said that Mexico is “not paying for that f***ing wall.” In response, Trump said “the wall just got ten feet higher.”
Much of the border is already walled and fenced and a huge part of the border is bounded by the Rio Grande River in Texas.
Interviewing Mexicans, the International Business Times found plenty of Mexicans happy to help build the wall.
Based in Chihuahua, a large northern state bordering Texas and New Mexico, GCC is one of the biggest construction material companies in Mexico. It generates around 70 percent of its sales in the United States, where it also has three plants.
Escalante said Trump’s plans to invest in energy and infrastructure in the United States augured well for the firm.
“For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,” Escalante said.
GCC, whose shares are trading at their highest levels since 2008, is 23 percent owned by Mexican multinational cement company Cemex, which at the end of September announced plans to sell its stake.